People are increasingly finding the courage to confront the depth of the climate emergency. Doing so is far from easy: it requires emotional and spiritual support from others who see the same risks ahead. But far from triggering despair, facing the facts and our fears can galvanise us to act with greater purpose and equanimity.
In Green Christian we want to create places where people can find mutual support on the journey through climate grief and eco-anxiety. It’s work which requires new skills, new insights and new ways with words.
Can you help us? We would welcome hearing from anyone who has a contribution to make. If you think you may be able to help, Paul Bodenham would be very pleased to hear from you at
Borrowed Time – initial proposals
- to provide safe regenerative spaces, online and in person, where people can work through the emotional, existential and spiritual challenges which the emerging prospects of collapse and extinction provoke
- to empower those participants to offer society new understandings of human identity, relations, purpose and destiny which might unlock urgent political action and economic change
- to form moral pioneers committed to safeguarding social solidarity and making new meanings in a context of turmoil, disorientation and potential civilisational collapse.
Skills and experience sought
A project like Borrowed Time will need to draw on a wide range of skills. Perhaps the skills listed below will be among those we need. If you feel you have something to offer, please get in touch. When you do so, please say if you would be willing to work with the assumptions proposed in the next section.
- Psychology and therapeutic disciplines
- Bereavement counselling
- Palliative care
- Climate science
- Academic humanities
- Pastoral care
- Social change
- Theology and spirituality
- Creative arts
- Project development.
It would help the project to make early progress if those who volunteer could reach early agreement on some basic assumptions. We’d like to propose the following.
- That climate change and other ecological damages could result in societal collapse, potentially in current lifetimes
- That in order to postpone or reduce the risk of collapse, there is an urgent and increasing need for disruptive personal and political choices
- That whatever the success in reducing this risk, action also is now also required to prepare for and adapt to a future of radical uncertainty
- That for most of the participants in the meeting, a Christian faith is a motive for attending, and a frame of reference for interpreting and envisaging a future of profound uncertainty
- That the work of Prof Jem Bendell on Deep Adaptation offers a legitimate account of the global risks, and the responses now required.